Report: Tottenham considering Keisuke Honda bid to develop brand in Asia

Could Tottenham Hotspur really bring in the Japanese international this summer?

According to a report from Italian website Calcio Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda in order to develop the club’s brand in Asia.

The Japanese international has just over a year left on his current contract at the San Siro and he is widely expected to move on this summer, but given his age he is not the type of player Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would usually sanction a move for.

That said, Honda’s reputation in his homeland is well worth considering for a club keen to strengthen their fan-base and commercial power beyond Europe, and while some fans would be cynical about such a move it would not be the first time a big club has signed a big name from that part of the world for those very reasons.

Honda also still has plenty to offer on the pitch, having featured 32 times for Milan this season, scoring two goals and providing seven assists in the process.

The problem is: He is no better than the players currently at Tottenham’s disposal and manager Mauricio Pochettino will want summer additions that will significantly strengthen his impressive young side rather than those brought in purely as a marketing tool.

For that reason among others, expect this rumour to always remain just that.

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